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Friday, November 12, 2010

Apple Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

A few weeks ago, I went to book club where that month's host made this salad and served it alongside two different kinds of quiche. We all raved about the meal and she promised to send us the recipes. A few days later the recipes appeared in my inbox and I set out to make this salad on Halloween as part of a yummy soup & salad dinner with our friends Mike & Maggie and my sister Julia.

With the apples and the cranberry vinaigrette, this is the quintessential Fall salad. I followed the recipe exactly this time, but next time I think I'll add some feta cheese. While delicious as is, a little bit of feta would've made this even better! The cranberry vinaigrette is perfect--well worth the effort for homemade dressing. Enjoy!

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Apple Walnut Salad
from Julie

-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-1/4 cup fresh cranberries
-2 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tbsp chopped red onion
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp pepper
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-2 packages (10 oz. total) spring mix salad greens
-2-3 medium Red Delicious apples, thinly sliced
-1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1. To make vinaigrette, combine the first seven ingredients (red wine vinegar through pepper) in a blender and process until blended. Add vegetable oil in small increments while blending. Process until smooth.
2. Toss dressing with spring mix, apples, and walnuts. Serve immediately.